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QSL: K8BL (W/SASE ONLY)

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Previous Calls: KN8CVJ, K8CVJ, AD8CVJ, WA2RGW. Applied for & received K8BL in 1977 (NOT a Vanity Callsign). My Twitter Address is @K8blBOB.

DX calls: VP2EOH, ZL0AAE, VK4BTL + K8BL/ over 30 different DXCC Entities on all Continents (except Antarctica).

During Winter Months, I often operate from my Daughter's home in Lumberton, TX, as K8BL/5 (HF/QRP) and rove around to nearby Grids for Satellite activations (K8BL). Then, we usually drive to visit my Brother in Venice, FL, where I rove a few more Grids.

At the "Dayton" HamVention, you can find me in a Fleamarket Space with K8FH, W8JH, N8BOO, K8NVR, K8JVR and KD8GGM.

During August 2014, I was privileged to be one of the W1AW/8 Stations for the ARRL Centennial Celebration giving out QSO's for Ohio!

First licensed in 1961 as a Junior in High School, 2017 is my 56th year in Ham Radio!!

The picture above was published in the May 2012 issue of QST, Page 84. They were doing an article on the results of the ARRL November CW Sweepstakes and requested pictures of Hams that scored well. My XYL Marcia snapped the photo and we were surprised and happy to see they decided to print it in the magazine.

Operation is about 80% CW, 10% SSB, 5% RTTY and 5% Misc. and on-air time is about 1/2 Contesting and 1/2 DX'ing.

CW Operator's Motto - "You can take my CW Key when you pry my cold dead fingers off the Paddles!"

ARRL Member 45+ years. AMSAT #6593 (since 1979). Member of Northern Ohio DX Assn. and Lake County Amateur Radio Assn. TEN/TEN #4995 (since 1972). ARRL Volunteer Examiner. ARRL VUCC Awards Manager. Member of North Coast Contesters and Contest Operator at K8AZ Super Station. License Trustee for Club Call N8BC and 3 Club Repeaters N8BC/r.

DXCC Honor Roll Mixed/CW/Phone, DXCC-Digital, 9BDXCC, 5BWAS+160/30/17/12M, 5BWAZ, ARRL Triple Play, 6M & Sat. VUCC, Diamond DXCC, WAS-SAT.

I retired after 44 1/2 years from AT&T as Senior Technical Manager (Tech Support - Data Communications). During those years I worked for Ohio Bell Tel. Co., Western Electric Co., Bell Laboratories, Ameritech, SBC and AT&T, but all my service was bridged throughout the entire period.

In the mobile, I run an ICOM IC-706MKIIG with an automatic antenna tuner and 8 foot whip with 8 foot "stinger" on HF/6 and a base-loaded dualband whip for 2M/440. The HF antenna can be seen laying on the ground in the picture below - HI-HI.

At home I have an ICOM IC-7700. Backup rig is an IC-775 which is too nice to EVER part with. Antennas are a 4 EL TET Tribander for 20/15/10 at 55 feet, a homebrew 17/12 VEE at 45 feet, Double-Bazooka Inverted Vees each for 80, 40 & 30, an Inverted L Bazooka for 160M (25mV/15mH) and a 3 EL 6M at 40 feet. Also, there is an IC-820H for 2m/440 with a 5 EL at 40 feet. I occasionally take the IC-820H out for Satellite QSO's and Grid Expeditions as shown below. I recently installed a Pixel Technologies RF PRO-1B Active Loop Antenna that really improved my reception on 160/80M. In the event an Amp is needed, I have an Ameritron ALS-600 Solid State. Antenna Tuner is an LDG AT-1000ProII Autotuner. I recently acquired an IC-703 to try out QRP'ing.

On the main tower at 55 feet is the 4 Element TET for 10/15/20. Just above the rotator are standoff arms for the 80M and 40M Double Bazookas as Inverted Vees. At 45 feet is a 30M Double Bazooka sloping off to the right. The Pixel Loop is mounted at 35 feet. On the roof tower is a homebrew 12/17M Vee. Below that are a 5 El 2M and an 11 El 70 cm on a fiberglass boom for Satellites. Below them is a 3 El 6M. All are on the same Horiz Rotator and the Sat Ants are on a Vert Rotator. The 160M Bazooka Feed Inverted-L is unseen and hangs from a very tall maple tree at the back corner of my lot. It has 3-7 radials, depending on the Season, plus my neighbors' chainlink fences that go a couple hundred feet (HIHI).

I enjoy exchanging QSL Cards. But, with the cost of mailing these days, you MUST enclose return postage IF you would like to receive mine. Buro is OK, but I prefer LoTW above all.

 

This picture is from one of my Satellite Grid Expeditions. It's on 9/16/2011 in VE1 in Springhill, Nova Scotia, in FN75 during an AO-51 pass.

The picture above was taken by one of four High School boys who were watching me from a distance and trying to figure out what I was doing. They finally got the nerve to come over and talk to me. They thought I was tracking some kind of animal!! HI-HI  I gave them an overview of Ham Radio and Satellites and they were quite impressed.

The above picture was taken 3/6/17 while operating from the beach in Biloxi, MS, Grid EM50. We were on our 10 week "Snowbird" Trip down South to escape Ohio's Winter. Our luggage was crammed into the back of the XYL's vehicle leaving barely enough room for the more important things, i.e. Satellite XCVR and Antenna and Tripod!

My Home Grid is EN-91. From September 2011 through March 2017, I've done Satellite Grid Expeditions in:

EL - 28, 29, 39, 59, 86, 87, 96, 97

EM - 20, 21, 30, 31, 44, 50, 51, 54, 70, 75, 76, 78, 80, 85, 91, 92, 97, 98

EN - 46, 47, 48, 49, 56, 57, 58, 59, 65, 66, 68, 69, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

FM - 03, 13

FN - 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 14, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35, 36, 44, 45, 46, 47, 55, 64, 75, 85

On these Grid Expeditions, I use an ICOM IC-820H and an Arrow Antenna on a camera tripod with a homebrew AZ/EL/V/H mount which has been an added improvement since earlier pictures were taken. QSO logging is done with a digital recorder and mini-mic tucked into my left headphone which picks up the audio of both sides of QSOs for later transcription.

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As of April 2017, my DXCC Credits (out of 337 Current) are as follows:

 CURRENT(337)/TOTAL

MIXED =  336/350   (Need P5 !!)

PHONE = 335/348   (Need BS7, P5)

CW =       334/346   (Need FR/G, P5, ZS8)

RTTY =    277/280   (Always looking for more!)

CHALLENGE = 2451/2502 

SATELLITE = 39/39 

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The picture below is of my two Grandaughters (Lauren & Meghan) playing in my shack as if they are talking around the world on my radios!!

The picture below is from my 2011 trip to VE9/VE1/VY2 and VT/NH/ME where I saw the World's Highest Tides at the Bay of Fundy (50 ft.) and drove to the top of Mt. Washington (scary, windy, snowy). These locations were items from my "Bucket List". Look these places up on Wikipedia and you'll see how awesome & interesting they are.

 

 

 

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K8BL
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dedateband mode grid Country op
N8RMA 2015-11-22 40m SSB EN72EE29 United States Dustin A Thomas
AA3B 2014-01-25 160m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
K5RHD 2014-01-18 20M SSB DM65pc United States RANDOLPH H DIDDEL
VE5UO 2014-01-18 15M SSB DO62qe Canada David Scarfe
AA3B 2014-01-12 160m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
KN3A 2014-01-12 160M CW EN90wq United States SCOTT A LITHGOW
K4IU 2014-01-12 160m CW EN34ra United States Frederick J Regennitter
AA3B 2014-01-12 80m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
W6JMP 2014-01-11 20m CW CM98lq United States GENE F TRASTI
KC0W 2014-01-11 20M CW DN86px United States THOMAS M CALLAS
K8BTU 2014-01-11 20m CW EN80lf United States William R Morris
AA3B 2014-01-11 15m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
K0MLF 2014-01-10 17m CW DM37ie United States DONALD L WILSON
N2EBB 2014-01-09 30m CW FM29lp United States THEODORE E KIEFER
W5YKU 2014-01-09 30m CW EM12pw United States Herbert Welch

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